Conservatives Versus Traditional Catholicism

I found an interesting article from a 2001 issue of Latin Mass Magazine. It deals with the differing beliefs of those who call themselves Conservatives in the Catholic faith, and those who call themselves Traditionalists. I fall into the latter category.

The article is long and deals with philosophy, but one of the points I liked was this:

“Traditionalists interpret Vatican II in light of all the other councils. Neoconservatives interpret all the other councils in light of Vatican II.”

Conservatives Versus Traditional Catholicism

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4 Responses to Conservatives Versus Traditional Catholicism

  1. James says:

    You know what the funny part is? I’ve always thought of myself as a conservative, but lately I’ve come to suspect I’m kind of more of a moderate. And by this article’s; that is, the “true” definition of liberal,

    “One can legitimately be a liberal if and only if one upholds all of the authentic teachings of the Church and then in matters of discipline or legitimate debate holds a more lenient posture.”

    I might actually be more properly called a liberal… and that’s a pretty bizarre realization. (Except for the fact that I really don’t care for the novus ordo.)

  2. I feel that legitimate changes in discipline are not a bad thing, and can be very good. An example would be when Pope Pius XII changed the fast before Communion to 3 hours.

    However, some of the changes since Vatican II seem to have been very destructive. I think the great loss of faith in the Real Presence is very much due to the receiving Our Lord standing and in the hand, plus the bad Novus Ordo translations (which are thankfully, finally, being much improved).

    I have an entry in my book that I will share later, that is, at least, somewhat related to this.

  3. James says:

    I’m pretty much psychologically incapable of receiving the Eucharist standing and in the hand. As I said, one area where I’m stridently conservative is in a dislike of the novus ordo, and things I associate with the novus ordo like extraordinary ministers, terrible liturgy, etc.

    Outside of that, though, I find that I often regard the standard conservative viewpoint as pretty uptight and narrow-minded. “Truth is to be found not in flawed extremes, or even between them, but above them both.”

    • “Truth is to be found not in flawed extremes, or even between them, but above them both.”

      You mentioned this quote once before. I am not sure if it was yours or someone else’s. I honestly do not know what it means :).

      Can you give me a real-life example of how it applies?

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